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Ever wondered what it’s like to be a blogger? Today I’m going to try to let you see a little bit of what blogging entails – the good, the bad, and the downright strange…
Flexibility. I can preschedule posts and take a few days off if I need to. I don’t like to do this because I get back to 154 Facebook notifications (and sometimes a drop in blog traffic), but it can be done.
Eating all kinds of food at weird times. I had a homemade protein bar and a brownie for breakfast this morning because that’s what needed tasted to determine whether or not they “worked”.
Lots of butter in the fridge. It’s my favorite ingredient.
Eating all the leftovers and flops (even when you’re not in the mood for them) so you can make more food.
Being tied to my job. Since so much of my job involves social media, I’m constantly answering questions and sharing content. If I take a break for an extended length of time, I have a lot of catch-up work to do. Blogging is not a 9-5 job. It’s hard to “leave it at the office” at the end of the day.
An extensive cookbook collection.
Being a go-to for info. Sometimes I think “Google” should be my middle name.
Being a celebrity. This is just weird…haha. If you knew me in real life, you would know just how strange this is. I’ve never been the popular one – just the slightly eccentric one. My friends occasionally use fanmail comments as a way to tease me. One fan called me “totes adorbs” one time…I’m never going to live that one down. 😛
Weekends and vacations don’t mean time off. I’ve made a personal decision to take Sundays completely off though. I feel that I need to do that to a) respect the Lord’s Day and b) preserve my sanity. I do preschedule a few non-recipe posts to go out on my Facebook page on Sundays (such as my spiritual posts).
Fanmail. Totally not something I ever dreamed I would get. It’s awesome to hear from people all over the place and make interesting connections, but sometimes it feels downright strange just because it’s so bizarre that I would ever get correspondence from complete strangers telling me how much they like my blog!
Constant inspiration and sticky notes. I have stuff scribbled all over the place, and I get recipe/blog post inspiration at the strangest times.
Typing up recipe scribbles and notes into something that makes sense. This is tied with tech issues for the worst part of blogging. It’s such a drudgery (especially when you don’t have time to do it for about 2 weeks and then you have to go make sense of it later).
Techy probs. Blegh. Don’t get me started. I don’t speak Geek (although I understand a lot more than I used to!). Thankfully I’ve found a tech guy that I’m going to start working with in the next week or so, and I’m looking forward to having someone to whom I can pass off all my tech problems.
All the dishes. I’m looking for a big bookshelf for better organization. These stacks of bowls are going to topple over eventually. (In case you’re wondering, my photo “studio” and all my props are set up in our unfinished basement.)
Seeing things as photo backgrounds/props. Nice piece of wood? Photo background. Pretty scarf? Photo background. Glass bottle? Prop!
Notifications on social media. Grrrr… Want a surefire way to break yourself of a Facebook addiction? Start doing Facebook as a job.
Struggling to find the balance between public and private life. I’m a very private individual, but I want to be open with and get to know my readers. It’s hard to know where to draw the line sometimes. I personally don’t accept Facebook friend requests from people I don’t know in real life (or my blogging buddies…because I practically know them). My mom says it’s rude, but I disagree. That’s what I have a business page for.
Going to Hancock Fabrics for photo backgrounds instead of dress material. I’m loving these vinyl scraps!
Always explaining how I make a living blogging. That confused stare you get when you say you run a healthy food blog as your job.
Becoming an expert in people patterns. When you become a blogger, you become a psychologist. “What kind of recipes are people looking for?” “Will saying this offend someone?” “Is this reply too rude?” “Should I add a smiley face?” “It’s 7 pm – I need to share this recipe to that Facebook group for optimum traffic!”
I don’t have a smartphone but will probably get one. I currently do not have a smartphone because I know it would be hard for me to ever take time off from my work (I’m already a workaholic). I’ll probably get one before this summer, though, because I’ll be gone for a few weeks to places that I don’t know will have internet. Or maybe I’ll just take a whole week off. Oh, the bliss.
Repurposing clothing as photo backgrounds. My friend Stephanie gave me this pretty blue scarf that has come in handy more than once. I recently bought the black fabric to use as either dress material or a photo background, and photos seem to have won out.
Self-employment taxes. Ouch.
Having a mobile workspace. This can be cool. It can also mean working at the beach on vacation.
Multitasking. I cranked out 5 new recipes on Tuesday because of this acquired skill!
Working in my pajamas at the dining room table at 10 am.
Photographing food while my family eats the dinner I made, then coming back to ask, “Is it good?”
Eating cold food.
Blogging brings its challenges, but it’s worth the work. I’m so thankful for each of you who is reading this right now!